I did not inherit Mom’s gardening expertise. It’s rather unfortunate. If I had any clue what the hell I was doing, I might actually enjoy it. And not hate dirt and bugs quite as much. Okay, let’s not get ridiculous. I’d hate bugs no matter what.

Everything she grows actually grows. And grows so beautifully. Unlike every plant I’ve ever had… which I manage to kill.

Everyone who doesn’t know better assumes Mom’s yard is professionally landscaped. No professional has ever done anything at Mom’s house. Every single thing out there was done by my parents.

Even the structures. Mom and Dad built the cabana by the pool. Complete with a ‘bar’ (kind of) and changing rooms.

Isn’t it lovely? Mom is great at designing and decorating… outside… and inside, too. But we spent little time indoors yesterday. (I know… me! Outside a lot… without being immersed in water! That’s messed up!)

Just look at this! In my yard, it probably would have shriveled up and died. And of course, Mom’s been doing this for so long that everything is perfectly overgrown. And just… pretty.

I remember Mom creating this tiny path… about a foot wide… by the pool when I was little. So cute. Especially with the pink petals everywhere…

… like on these sweet little steps on the path to the vegetable garden. Can’t wait for those tomatoes. Yum.


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Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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55 Responses to outside.

  1. magarisa says:

    Wow!! Your mom and dad are amazing!

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  2. Oh, that’s so pretty

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  3. Miriam says:

    Looks so lovely and peaceful Sandra. I didn’t inherit a green thumb either but your parents yard looks gorgeous. 🌿🌷

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  4. She definitely has a green thumb. Do y’all do vegetables at your house?

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  5. BoldBeat&NipLESS says:

    Beautiful!!!! Makes me wanna just go there and write

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  6. Hira says:

    The pink petal footpath is so beautiful! This could be very well me and my mom. My parents have changed places several times( as my dad worked in Airforce) but she has left every place prettier than before, with a beautiful garden and fencing. I remember people stopping by outside our fence to take pictures of our garden in the background. I remember Ma fighting with the little girl who plucked her flowers :D, I remember Ma setting up new plants and making everything beautiful again. And now after retirement, they have a beautiful garden, grow own vegetable and spend all afternoon outside.
    And am the exact opposite, plants die and I just forget to provide even basic water 😦

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    • Yes – exactly the same… Although sometimes, rather than forgetting to water, I over-water. I just can’t seem to get it right. It’s something I’d love to be good at but I don’t think it can really be learned… I think you’ve got to be born with it… πŸ™‚ I inherited a lot of wonderful things from my parents, but not this one!


  7. Wow, your mom’s landscaping is beautiful! That’s my dream, to have a nice, landscaped yard. The problem: I don’t have the patience to wait that long. Or weed that much. I’d rather water and weed for a few months, then harvest yummy tomatoes and green beans. Mmm, tomatoes …

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  8. Meg Sorick says:

    Oh that garden belongs in a magazine! I’m with you though… I hate gardening even though I’d love everything to look like that. I need magic powers or servants… Lol! I’m happy to have a green lawn, which is only due to the weeds that don’t die when it stops raining. I imagine we’re having the same weather as you are… nice yesterday and rainy and miserable today. Glad you got to enjoy the day with Mom!

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  9. gigglingfattie says:

    this is beautiful!! I love gardening, but I’m more of a vegetable garden person than a flower garden person. and the plants have to be outside. I once tried to keep a plant alive in my apartment in Korea and got bored of having to care for it lol

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  10. Wow this is so beautiful! My mom sprays our backyard to death to kill all the weeds so nothing is growing back there. She is managing to keep our snake plant alive though lol.

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  11. I’m actually not terrible at this. What I lack is time….

    I plant a lot of low-maintenance stuff. Lilies, peonies….they come back every year. I’ve also had tremendous luck with my rosebush.

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